Location: St. Paul lez Durance, Provence Côte d’Azur, France
Project and Program Management
Project Description: International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering megaproject, which will be the world's largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment using tokamak design theory and it is being built near Saint-Paul-lès-Durance, south of France. This project end goal is to make fusion power feasible for commercial usage and in this to create 500Mw of output power with the usage of 50Mw. The project is funded and run by seven member entities—the European Union, India, Japan, China, Russia, South Korea, and the United States. Construction of the ITER Tokamak complex started in 2013 and the building costs are now over US$14 billion as of June 2015. The facility is expected to finish its construction phase in 2019 and will start commissioning the reactor that same year and initiate plasma experiments in 2020 with full deuterium–tritium fusion experiments starting in 2027.
Type Tokamak Construction date 2013–2019 Major radius 6.2 m Plasma volume 840 m3 Magnetic field 11.8 T (peak toroidal field on coil) 5.3 T (toroidal field on axis) 6 T (peak poloidal field on coil) Heating 50 MW Fusion power 500 MW Continuous operation up to 1000s degrees Location Saint-Paul- lès-Durance, France
Photos courtesy of ITER, These actual drawings are scanned will have imperfections